Aviation Acquires Devices Against Bird Strikes

Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu
Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu

BEVERLY HILLS, June 07, (THEWILL) – The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has acquired some birds/wildlife equipment to improve the safety of flight operations by effectively managing birds/wildlife hazards at the nation’s airports.

The Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, said this at the inauguration of the equipment on Monday in Lagos.

Yadudu said that the equipment, which was the best around, was procured on the recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Represented by the Director of Commercial and Business Development, Alhaji Sadiku Rafindadi, he listed equipment acquired to include bird scaring gas canons, 15,000 rounds of 12G (heavy calibre bird scaring pyrotechnics), Hi-tech bird laser among others.

The Managing Director added that the equipment, when deployed, would usher in an era of safe flight operations, as incidents relating to birds strike would be mitigated.

In his remarks, the FAAN Director of Airport Operations, Capt. Muktar Muye, expressed delight at the arrival of the equipment.

Muye noted that what was being commissioned was not just the equipment but a complete package that included the recommended storage facility, patrol vehicle and trained personnel in line with ICAO/s Standards and Recommended Practices.

The event climaxed with a practical demonstration of the use of some of the equipment by the representative of the MD/CEO and the Director of Airport Operations.

Also in attendance were the General Managers: Operations, Mrs Olajumoke Oni; Environment, Mr Nehemiah Auta; Special Duties, Mr Kabiru Muhammed; Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service, Mr John Ekpe.

Others were the Regional General Manager, South West, Mrs Victoria Shin-Aba; representative of the GM Corporate Affairs, Mrs Christabel Eromosele; and Chief of Staff to MD/CEO, Mr Lawal Abdullahi, amongst others.